August 23, 2016
Aug. 23, 2016—Cypress Falls High School senior Winnie Lu, a National AP Scholar, earned a perfect score on both the SAT and SAT II tests the first time she took them. A music and cooking enthusiast, Lu called her time at Cypress Falls “some of the best [years] in my life.” She plans to fulfill both herself and the needs of society through a future career.
School: Cypress Falls High School
Accomplishments: Earned perfect scores on the SAT and two SAT II tests on the first sitting; National AP Scholar; President of Tri-M Music National Honor Society; captain of Science Olympiad team; vice president of Key Club; USA Mathematical Talent Search bronze medalist; Welch Scholar conducting chemistry research at the University of Texas at Arlington; multiple bronze, silver and gold medals at district, regional and state Science Olympiad competitions; Texas Oklahoma District Walter Hurst Sophomore of the Year Scholarship recipient; first-place service project at Texas Oklahoma District Convention 2015; and National Guild of Piano Teachers High School Diploma in Social Music at the National Piano Playing Auditions.
Favorite class: Chemistry AP. “It challenges you to think differently, and it gave me the background to accomplish chemistry research.”
Favorite things to do after class: Read, journal, eat and nap!
Favorite song: Má vlast by Bedřich Smetana
Favorite website: humansofnewyork.com. “It gives you a chance to hear the stories and life lessons of ordinary people.”
Favorite TV show: MasterChef Junior. “It involves cooking and competition, two of my favorite things.”
Favorite movie: The Godfather. “It is very thought-provoking, and I can appreciate the little musical and visual details that set the appropriate mood throughout the film.”
Ambition: “I want to pursue a career and lifestyle that fulfills me while allowing me to fulfill the needs of society with what I’ve learned.”
What topics/things are you passionate about? “Always seeking insight and developing knowledge about what makes you happy and permits you to genuinely make a difference in people’s lives.”
What inspires you? “People who are at once sincerely selfless and ambitious, electing to make strides in the world to make the most profound impact.”
What three things can’t you live without? Knowledge, love and drive.
What are you most looking forward to this semester? “I’m looking forward to savoring my last year of high school and really appreciating the small moments with my friends and family that have made the last four years some of the best in my life.”